Lauren Harrison Jordan passed away at his home in Pilot Rock, Ore., on March 14, 2017, at the age of 88, due to complications of COPD and Parkinson’s Disease. Lauren loved life and fought hard to stay in it. He loved his family and will be greatly missed by them.
Lauren was born in Portland, Ore., to Stephen Harrison (Harry) Jordan and Lorraine E. Peterson Jordan on August 31, 1928. He spent his youth in the Burns, Vale and Westfall areas.
At a young age, Lauren joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served with the Merchant Marines from 1944 to 1946. Upon his return from WWII, Lauren continued his education, graduating from Crane Union High School. On September 21 1948, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Jean Barnes.
They made their home in Burns where he worked for Edward Hines Lumber Company as a scaler. He then went to work for the U.S. Forest Service, working for the Malheur National Forest and later moving to Prineville to work on the Ochoco National Forests District, retiring in 1978.
Lauren absolutely enjoyed his career and co-workers at the Forest Service. It also gave him the opportunity to introduce his children to the outdoors and many adventurous summers growing up on the Forest Service lookouts — memories they will always cherish. Through examples, he taught his kids the value of hard work, being honest, and believing in yourself. Lauren spent many years as a 4-H leader teaching gun safety, as well as First Aid classes. He was an Elks member for 40 years.
After retirement, Lauren and Donna moved to a small farm in Pilot Rock, Ore. Among his hobbies, Lauren was an avid collector of older guns that he would spent hours rebuilding and refinishing. He also had a passion for studying the history of the wars. Lauren was a quiet man and a man that loved his children, sons- and daughters-in-law, and grandchildren fiercely.
Lauren is survived by his wife of 69 years, Donna Jordan, at the family home in Pilot Rock, Ore.; sons Randy Jordan (Cathy), Rock Island, Wash., and Dennis Jordan (Glenna), Dayville, Ore.; daughters Shirley Reyes (Paul), Wenatchee, Wash., Marilyn White (Jim), Juntura, Ore., Patty Mallars (John), Pilot Rock, Ore., and Brenda Olson (Albert Bowers), Vancouver, Wash. He is also survived by his sibling Gina and family of California, and his sister-in-law Lena Jordan of Riverside, Calif. Lauren was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine E. Peterson Jordan, father Stephen Harrison Jordan, and brothers Gilbert Jordan of Arizona and Lowell Jordan of California.
Services and Internment will be at a later date.